staff writer Kathyrn Schulz may not be a household name, but most readers in the Pacific Northwest know her work quite well. In 2016, she won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for her New Yorker
article “The Really Big One,” about the danger our region faces from a massive earthquake emanating out of the Cascadia subduction zone. A major earthquake near Portland is a virtual certainty, but just how big it will be, and just how much damage it will do, are unpredictable.
That article was terrifying! (It still is
, if you haven’t read it or haven’t read it recently.) Schulz’s work brought renewed attention to the seismic threat that hangs over our region. Like other looming existential threats, it can seem both far off and insurmountable, making it tempting to ignore it and regard the worst consequences as inevitable....